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Wake Forest News Media Report

AUGUST 19-25, 2017


Not enough women in STEM? How WFU's new engineering program is breaking the mold
Triad Business Journal
Aug. 21, 2017
The number of students enrolled in Wake Forest University’s new engineering program isn’t finalized yet, but so far at least 40 percent of those signed up are women. Faculty of the engineering department said more female students started enrolling in the program once faculty members were announced. Three of the four faculty members are women.

“It speaks to once you put in front of them role models they can relate,” said Olga Pierrakos, chair of the Department of Engineering. “It also sends the message that, ‘Hey, maybe I can do this too.'”

In recruiting and hiring the engineering department’s faculty, Pierrakos said she specifically looked for diversity, including in ages, education and level of experience.


E.M.B.A.s under pressure
Inside Higher Ed
Aug. 24, 2017
The University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business announced plans to phase out its full-time M.B.A. so that its final cohort will graduate in May 2019. In doing so, it joins other major institutions, like Wake Forest University and Virginia Tech, which in recent years have ended traditional full-time M.B.A. programs amid enrollment pressures and a desire to be more flexible for students.

See Also: The Daily Iowan, Iowa City Press Citizen


A Galapagos seabird's population expected to shrink with ocean warming
Aug. 25, 2017
Within the next century, rising ocean temperatures around the Galápagos Islands are expected to make the water too warm for a key prey species, sardines, to tolerate. A new study by Wake Forest University biologists, published in PLOS ONE Aug. 23, uses decades of data on the diet and breeding of a tropical seabird, the Nazca booby, to understand how the future absence of sardines may affect the booby population.

Krispy Kreme campaign with Panthers puts focus on points, not wins
SC Now
Aug. 19, 2017
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. is kicking off its fifth marketing promotion campaign with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. This time, the emphasis is on how many points the Panthers score rather than individual wins.  The shift to a digital app and reward points system “reflects an important strategic shift for the company,” said Roger Beahm, executive director of the Center for Retail Innovation at Wake Forest University School of Business.

Andy Warhol's comfort food for the apocalypse
Aug. 22, 2017
John J. Curley, an associate professor of art history at Wake Forest, writes on what Andy Warhol, Campbell soup and the Cold War have in common. Curley is the author of A Conspiracy of Images: Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, and the Art of the Cold War, as well as the Oxford Bibliographies in Art History entry on Andy Warhol and numerous articles on postwar art in the United States and Europe. 

Beet juice is good for the brain
Aug. 19, 2017
A study conducted in the US in North Carolina at the Wake Forest University pointed out that beet juice can increase memory connectivity in brain areas.


Some Wake Forest University freshmen to spend year in Denmark
Winston-Salem Journal
Aug. 19, 2017
Seventeen freshmen were selected to go to Copenhagen, Denmark, as part of Global AWAKEnings, an inaugural yearlong study abroad program at Wake Forest. The city was selected for the program in part because the University has been sending students there since 1990. Global AWAKEnings is one of four initiatives designed to build and support global mindsets at Wake Forest.

Freshmen descend on Wake Forest University; classes begin next week
Winston-Salem Journal
Aug. 24, 2017
It was freshmen move-in day at Wake Forest University on Wednesday, with about 1,350 in this year’s freshman class. The lawns outside dorms were littered with teens and their parents standing with items: suitcases, duffle bags, bedding, rugs, clothes on hangers, boxes of snacks, brooms and other cleaning supplies, TVs and notebooks and laptops.

Move in day was also covered by Spectrum News and WXII.

Lisa Blee and Barry Trachtenberg: Another take on the monuments issue
Winston-Salem Journal
Aug. 23, 2017
Lisa Blee, associate professor of history, and co-author Barry Trachtenberg, Wake Forest Presidential Chair in History, discuss how extreme acts of public violence, often occasions for mourning, protest and debate, can also be opportunities to transform how we remember the past in this opinion piece.

Blue Cross: 50,000 North Carolinians will need new health plans, many will pay more
Winston-Salem Journal
Aug. 22, 2017
Mark Hall, a law professor at Wake Forest and a national health-care expert, said that the overall Blue Cross ACA premium reduction decision “is encouraging news.” “It indicates that the individual health-insurance market in North Carolina has become more stable, which means there is less reason to repeal the Affordable Care Act,” he said.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth school system votes
Winston-Salem Journal
Aug. 23, 2017
In a partnership with Wake Forest University, a graduate student tested the drinking water in all of the district’s schools for toxic chemicals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium and copper. All of the elements were found to be within safe limits.
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